Re: quality of 2013 package queens from GA/AL?
I'll add my two cents in here.
Originally Posted by Michael Palmer
I've got a whopping 6 years of beekeeping experience <insert sarcasm icon here>, currently maintain around 35 colonies today, and have bought or gotten 6 packages ever in that entire 6 year period. Five of these six are now dead (I don't treat my bees). The sixth package is 2 months old in my backyard, I bought it as a demo this spring for new beeks in our local club (Scottsboro, AL). Three of the five packages-to-hives that are all dead now, died within the first six months of installation. I did everything the books say. I really do not think I was to blame for their demise, but anything's possible. The remaining two limped along for 1.5 years, were actually actually soft-chem treated and never produced any honey...ever.
I consider myself a disciple of Michael Palmer's methods. Thanks to winevines, Michael, and a SARE grant that winevines wrote in 2008, I was inspired to learn to make nucleus colonies and become sustainable. Today I'm trying to change a package-centered culture here in my southern state of Alabama. But Mike is quick to point out he "didn't invent the chicken or the chicken sandwich", much like "Chik-Fil-A" says, in all this nuc-making stuff. Mike credits Vernon Vickery, R.O.B. Manley, Kirk Webster, Brother Adam and a host of others of nuc-ing as a sustainable, plus much more effective, approach.
Oh and I made $700 this year selling nucs. Which makes the wife happy that I am not using the day-job paycheck to pay for my hobby. Crossing my fingers this lasts!
Last edited by fatscher; 05-06-2013 at 10:47 AM.
Reason: giving credit where deserved
"...the most populous colonies ...are provided by queens ...in the year following their birth." Brother Adam